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Sen. John Thune Will Lean on FCC Over Net'Neutrality Rule

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 18:59
National Journal, by Fawn Johnson Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 26 58 2015 06:58:07 GMT On the day the Federal Communications Commission is poised to take a historic vote to reclassify the Internet as a public utility, a major victory for open'Internet advocates, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee had other ideas. He is bringing the five FCC commissioners before the committee in two weeks to ask them, more or less, what they were thinking. The oversight hearing, set for March 18, "will allow me and my colleagues to directly question the chairman about the overreaching broadband order," said Sen. John Thune at a Thursday National Journal LIVE event underwritten by Visa Inc. The

FCC approves sweeping Internet regulation plan, Obama accused of meddling

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 18:24
Fox News, by Staff Posted By: Phosphene- Thu, 26 51 2015 06:51:15 GMT The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted sweeping new regulations sought by President Obama for how Americans use and do business on the Internet, in a party'line vote that is sure to be challenged by the broadband industry. The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3'2 to adopt its so'called net neutrality plan '' a proposal that remained secret in the run'up to the final vote. On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid "fast lanes" on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies worry would edge out cash'strapped startups and smaller Internet'based businesses.

Federal Communications Commission approves ´net neutrality´ Internet regulations

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 18:24
Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: BamaMan- Thu, 26 47 2015 06:47:46 GMT The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. The regulatory agency voted 3'2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what´s called "net neutrality." That´s the idea that service providers shouldn´t intentionally block or slow web traffic, creating paid fast lanes on the Internet. The new rules say that any company providing a broadband connection to your home or phone would have to act in the public interest and conduct business in ways that are "just and reasonable." Much of industry opposes the regulations, which it says constitutes dangerous government

Boehner stands firm on looming shutdown: Dems using ‘blackmail’ to protect Obama amnesty

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 18:24
Washington Times (DC), by S.A. Miller Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 26 44 2015 06:44:36 GMT House Speaker John A. Boehner refused to back down Thursday from the shutdown showdown and accused Senate Democrats of using Homeland Security funding as “blackmail” to protect President Obama’s deportation amnesty. When questioned at his weekly press conference about how he would handle the “clean” funding bill coming from Senate, Mr. Boehner puckered his lips and made kissing sounds. “It’s a kiss,” explained the Ohio Republican, who is under intense pressure from Democrats to relent in the funding standoff. “When I make a decision, I’ll let you know.” Despite the levity, tension remained high on Capitol Hill with current funding

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Joins Amazon

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 18:07
ABC News, by Susanna Kim Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 26 20 2015 06:20:27 GMT Amazon confirms that former White House press secretary Jay Carney is joining the tech company. Carney will be Amazon´s senior vice president leading the company´s newly created Global Corporate Affairs department, which includes the existing public relations and public policy teams. Carney will split his time between the Seattle headquarters of Inc. and its office in Washington, D.C., where Amazon veteran Paul Misener will continue to run the company´s lobbying efforts. Carney, who resigned in May from the White House, will report directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet´s vulnerability

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:59
Associated Press, by Felicia Fonseca Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 26 16 2015 06:16:08 GMT FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions — all because a vandal apparently sliced through a fiber'optic Internet cable buried under the desert. The Internet outage did more than underscore just how dependent modern society has become on high technology. It raised questions about the vulnerability of the nation´s Internet infrastructure. Alex Juarez, a spokesman for Internet service provider CenturyLink, said the problem was first reported around noon Wednesday, and complaints immediately began to pour in

British Human Rights Group Calls Jihadi John Suspect ‘Beautiful Young Man’

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:38
Breitbart London [UK], by Oliver Lane Posted By: KarenJ1- Thu, 26 12 2015 06:12:10 GMT A Human Rights group founded by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee turned activist Moazzam Begg has blamed British foreign policy and the security services for ‘Jihadi John’ beheading seven hostages as an executioner and propagandist working for the Islamic State. The notion that the murderer known as Jihadi John, now thought to be born Kuwati'born Mohammed Emwazi, might solely responsible for his actions was questioned by the Cage group today. The organisation have instead published a blog claiming to have been consulted by the Washington Post in the lead up to their revelation of his identity, and have placed the

Ben Carson at CPAC: "We Need to Stop Sitting Quietly By"

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:22
Townhall, by Daniel Doherty Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 26 11 2015 06:11:15 GMT Dr. Ben Carson, for his part, had the honor of delivering the first CPAC speech of 2015. Despite his early morning remarks, however, he earned loud plaudits from the audience on several occasions. And while he touched on both domestic and foreign policy, he mostly discussed his dissatisfaction with the “PC police” and the current administration. “It’s interesting to me that the Left in particular loves to re'label and rename things,” he said. “For instance, if you’re pro'life, you’re anti'woman. If you’re pro'traditional family, then you’re a homophobe…if you’re black, and you oppose a progressive agenda, you’re crazy.” “We have

Argentine Judge Rejects Criminal Case Against President

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:04
New York Times, by Jonathan Gilbert Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 26 07 2015 06:07:08 GMT Buenos Aires - An Argentine judge on Thursday dismissed the criminal allegations against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner that had been brought by Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor who had accused her of conspiring to shield Iranian officials from responsibility for the deadly bombing of a Jewish community center here in 1994. The judge, Daniel Rafecas, decided that the criminal complaint Mr. Nisman put forward before his mysterious death last month was not sufficient to open an investigation into the president. In a 63-page document released on Thursday detailing his decision, Mr. Rafecas said that the allegations

Historic vote set for Internet rules

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:47
The Hill (Washington DC), by Julian Hattem & Mario Trujillo Posted By: JoniTx- Thu, 26 01 2015 06:01:58 GMT A new day is dawning in Washington’s battle over the Internet. The Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday to issue regulations designed to guarantee equal access to the Internet, despite staunch opposition from Republicans and under the threat of lawsuits from major companies. For supporters, the new net neutrality rules will provide the clearest restrictions to prevent Comcast, Verizon and other Internet service providers from interfering with people’s access to view any website or online service they choose. “We’re on the eve of a historic event at the FCC,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D'N.J.) said during a Wednesday morning hearing

Gowdy: ´If You Weaken (the Law) Today, You Weaken It Forever´

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:47
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 26 40 2015 05:40:24 GMT Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has a message for those who may approve of '' or even benefit from '' President Obama´s unconstitutional immigration policy: "Be careful what you do with the law today, because if you weaken it today, you weaken it forever," he told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Gowdy said the law is the nation´s greatest unifying and equalizing force '' "but one person does not make law in a republic." President Obama, by doing exactly what he once said he could not do, is not only going beyond the considerable powers of his office; he is assuring that future presidents also will expand the power of the

Susan Rice, Samantha Power to address AIPAC meeting

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:47
Associated Press, by Matthew Lee Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 26 34 2015 05:34:12 GMT Washington - In a bid to ease soaring tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House has decided against snubbing America´s leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama´s national security adviser and U.N. ambassador to address its annual policy conference. The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee will announce Thursday that the Obama administration has confirmed that national security adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power will speak to its conference this weekend. That´s according to people familiar with the decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity

The ‘Unmasking’ of an Islamic Terrorist, mainstream media style

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:47
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod Posted By: snowcloud- Thu, 26 22 2015 05:22:45 GMT Face of ISIS, executioner ‘Jihadi John’, identified as Mohammed Emwazi, still rides the Internet hiding behind his trademark black mask. ‘Jihadi John unmasked: Former Westminster University student was arrested FIVE years ago and put on a terror watch list—but he flew to Syria to join ISIS two years later’, is the headline in today’s British Daily Mail. Unmasked? There is no picture of ‘Jihadi John’ Mohammed Emwazi unmasked. The Washington Post seems to have got the story first. The Post story is liberally laced with sympathetic quotes from Mohammed Emwazi’s “close” friends. How’s this for a description of a top

Outrage over magazine’s emaciated ‘corpse’ model

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:47
News Limited [Australia], by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 26 21 2015 05:21:41 GMT A Danish fashion magazine has made a public apology after running an image of an underweight model in its latest issue. The photo in Cover magazine started trending on social media via the hashtag #covergate and spawned a Reddit thread called “Corpse or model?,” in which thousands expressed their outrage over the model’s emaciated frame. (Tweet) Even politicians weighed in. Danish Tax Minister Benny Englebrecht took to Twitter to voice his disapproval. “I seriously thought that the fashion industry had understood that anorexia is a problem that should be taken seriously,” he wrote. Cover magazine’s founder

Islamic State Beheader ‘Jihadi John’ Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:29
PJMedia, by Patrick Poole Posted By: Toledo- Thu, 26 09 2015 05:09:35 GMT A man seen in multiple ISIS propaganda videos speaking with a British accent and beheading Western hostages had his identity revealed in the Washington Post this morning, and yet again the suspect is another case of what I have termed “known wolf” syndrome since he was already known to authorities before engaging in acts of terrorism. The Washington Post reports: The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online. But his real name, according to friends and others familiar

Police Probing Outage That Cut Internet, Phones in Arizona

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:29
Associated Press, by Felicia Fonseca Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 26 09 2015 05:09:13 GMT Flagstaff, AZ ' Phoenix police are investigating an act of vandalism that left people across northern Arizona without the use of the Internet, cellphones and landlines for several hours. Businesses couldn´t process credit card transactions, ATMs didn´t function, law enforcement databases were unavailable, and even weather reports were affected in an area stretching from north of Phoenix to Flagstaff, about 100 miles away. CenturyLink spokesman Alex Juarez said the problem was first reported around noon Wednesday. Internet and phone service started to come back to some residents and businesses in Flagstaff by 6:30 p.m.

Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top'selling AR'15 rifle

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:55
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard Posted By: PaleAle- Thu, 26 05 2015 05:05:40 GMT As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top'selling rifle in the country, the AR'15 style semi'automatic, with a ban on one of the most'used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. But now BATFE says that since the bullets can be used in semi'automatic handguns they pose a threat to police and must be banned from production, sale and use. But, as Goodlatte noted, offered no proof. Federal agencies will still be allowed to buy the ammo.

Senate panel votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:55
Washington Post, by Sari Horwitz Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Thu, 26 59 2015 04:59:06 GMT The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch as the next attorney general, sending her nomination to the full Senate, where it is expected to be voted on in the coming days. By a vote of 12 to 8, the committee approved the nomination of Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as the first African American woman to take the reins of the Justice Department. (Snip) Sens. Orrin G. Hatch (R'Utah), Lindsey O. Graham (R'S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R'Ariz.) voted with the committee’s nine Democrats to approve Lynch’s nomination.

Kerry: U.S. Aware of Illicit Iranian Nuke Facility

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:36
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo Posted By: KarenJ1- Thu, 26 54 2015 04:54:52 GMT Secretary of State John Kerry admitted before Congress on Wednesday that the United States is aware of a secret Iranian facility that an Iranian opposition group identified this week as part of an undisclosed parallel nuclear program. The group, the National Council of the Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has a history of disclosing the existence of Iranian nuclear facilities that the United States has been later forced to confirm were indeed part of a clandestine nuclear program. Kerry, under questioning before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, acknowledged that the United States has evidence of the facility,

Dear Mitch

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:36
Town Hall, by Derek Hunter Posted By: Periwinkel- Thu, 26 46 2015 04:46:11 GMT Dear Senator McConnell, I mean this with all due respect – you’re worthless. Actually, you’re worse than worthless; you’re the problem. You were better as minority leader. Your steering the Senate is worth than Harry Reid’s corruption. It’s almost enough to make me wish you could switch back places. What happened to all the tough talk when you were running for re'election last year about standing up for conservative principles? It seems like you lost something after November – (snip)If Democrats want to filibuster funding the Department of Homeland Security, make them filibuster it.